SECTION 25. Responsibility of a solo practitioner. – A lawyer in solo practice shall ensure that all matters requiring such lawyer’s professional skill and judgment are promptly and competently addressed. (2023 Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability or CPRA)
Lawyers in solo practice are required to ensure that all matters requiring such lawyer’s professional skill and judgment are promptly and competently addressed.
Running a private law practice is challenging. Often, lawyers in a law firm are able to manage because of the infrastructure in place, namely having associate lawyers, a good working staff, and the necessary office equipment. Thus, when a handling lawyer gets sick or encounters an accident, another lawyer could temporarily take over the case or a staff could inform the court of the situation.
However, for solo practitioners, this infrastructure may not be readily available for some. Often, they rely solely on themselves. Thus, when they do get sick or encounter an accident, their work could be affected. This could lead to problems for submissions which have deadlines.
By virtue of this section, solo practitioners are reminded that they should be able to address promptly and competently their work notwithstanding them being as being independent practitioners. With the available technology, solo practitioners should be able to manage their workload by adopting them into their law practice, such as the use of applications, e.g., calendar, emails, or even a law firm management platform.